Swine flu cases grow to 22 in Pima Countyby Ty Bowers on May. 08, 2009, under Local, Special
Pima County health officials Thursday confirmed 12 more cases of swine flu, bringing the county’s total to 22.
Statewide, the number of confirmed diagnoses is 130.
Details about the new cases have not been released, Pima County Health Department spokeswoman Patti Woodcock said in a statement. “It is, however, my understanding that all have recovered or are in the process of recovering.”
Sunday, the first six cases of swine flu in the county were announced. Two involved middle school students in Tucson and Marana, the other four cases were on the Tohono O’odham Nation. By Tuesday, the number of cases had risen to 10.
“Keep in mind, we expected additional cases,” Woodcock said Thursday. “This does not change our approach to this virus.”-
Health officials recommend that people experiencing flu-like symptoms stay home and call a doctor before heading to a clinic or emergency room.
In line with recommendations by federal, state and local officials not to close schools because of the flu, Tucson and Marana schools have remained open. However, Tohono O’odham and Nogales schools have been closed as a precaution.